Reading and Writing Numbers to 20

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

I just finished and uploaded a new product and, like many resources I create, it was born of necessity.  I’m working with six little Kinders who are still having difficulty reading and writing numbers to 20.

To help with number recognition, I made half-page cards with the number, number name, and a ten-frame representation.  The ten-frame representation relates quantity to the number.  These cards can serve multiple purposes.  Once the kiddos are able to recognize the numbers, we can use the cards to compare numbers.

I made practice sheets for writing the numbers and number names using a traceable dot font.  There are sheets for practicing individual numbers, and there are also sheets with number sequences.

Finally, I wanted to help students understand the connection between the single digits and the teen numbers, so I included sheets with ten-frames along withe the numbers and number names.

Grab this new product by clicking here.  I’m looking forward to seeing big improvements with my Kinder babies.  Please share any ideas you have for helping children recognize their numbers.



  1. Emmanuel Hope

    Thank you for this great ideas for the basic students.

  2. Dorothy

    Do you think students should understand the idea of 10 and some more before learning to write the teen numbers

    • Donna Boucher

      I always want to try to build understanding, so I would do it at the same time. That’s why I included the ten-frame representations for the teen numbers! 🙂


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